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Blue Pango Motel
Ranked #37 of 47 Hotels in Port Vila
Reviewed 20 December 2012

Travelled on New Years Day 2012 to Vanuatu, Booked a cheapie place as it was just my friend and myself with no kids to please.

I would describe Blue Pango as a "would be, if I could be place", its got the location/ positon, the atmosphere but the rooms need a little maintenance. Don;t get me wrong from that description, they were liveable and certainly useable, just maintenance is not high on the owners priority.

Blue Pango is situated right on the water, hammocks swing in the trees on the waters edge which keeps you cool and relaxed and next to it a village that has the warmest most beautiful people, especially the kids.

The pool is like you backyard pool but hey it keeps you refreshed, which is what you need as the weather was very hot. It has a room full of kitchenware that you can help yourself to, towels , pillows, sheets etc.... We cooked for ourselves in our room and ate out on our verandah every night. We did a shop at the local supermarket ( big one just out of town) and self catered, which was fine as Blue Pango is defineately out of town and the cost of a trip each way would add up.

The highlight of our trip and a definite added bonus was the arrival of 30 Korean University Students ( guests of the Korean owner Mr Solomon) They were learning to be elementary teachers so they had come over to continue their studies in vacation time and teach the village kids who cannot afford to go to school. These students were amazing, they were up at 5.30am every morning doing there exercise and having breakfast, they they would go off and pick up the village kids along the way and teach they all day. Back at about 5.00pm where they would all cook there dinner ( smells were amazing) then it was back to planning the lessons for the next day. they retired at 11.00pm. Dedication plus. During the evening the kids from the vllage next door would come over and join in their games and lessons, playing their musical instruments and singing wonderful songs. You may think that would be annoying while your on holidays but it was a great atmosphere and amazing to see native village kids interact.

We met other intersting people from Noumea, Sydney, Melbourne and Korea. Every body was friendly and happy with their stay.

I would recommend Blue Pango to pople who are not expecting much, as places are always what you make of them and how you except what is there. You will get to meet the locals first hand at this place as every day they come to the fence to chat and sing. They play in the water and teach each other to surf and fish. Its great to watch.

Give Blue Pango a go as it is an experience.

There is not Fitness Centre or Restaurant.


There are no eating places in the near vicinity, thats why we opted to buy up at the supermarket and cook our own. ( please note the the butcher is only open at the supermarket at certain times of the day, so check this out as you may get there and it is closed, same as the alcohol section),

Its not hard to get a bus into town, just a short walk up the driveay to the road into town ( you wouldn't walk into town it;s too far and hot.


Overall I liked Blue Pango and the time we experienced there.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 November 2012

No it is not Breakas nor Holiday inn but does not pretend to be. All rooms face the sea and the pool.Rooms are basic but a reasonable size bed for 2. Plenty of utensils, crockery and cutlery for self cooking. The grocery at the top of the lane is poorly stocked but does tasty food to eat in or take away. Nice fresh bread daily. Buses run past on main road and never waited more than a few minutes.Some brought us to the door. was also lucky to be there with a great group of people.If you have problems just ask Solomon who will do his best to help. The cleaning lady needs pushing and does bare minimum. We would definitely recommend this place and would stay again. You can get in the water if you want but wear foot covering although the locals next door manage without. pool is perfectly adequate.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 October 2012

Tired but clean accommodation. Spent 8 nights there and most of the time travelled around the island. Blue Pango is on the beach but you can not swim there. Huge waves. Corals. Pool very small. Bus to town 150vt. Owners did not speak good English but were friendly and helpful!

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 August 2012

We were looking for some budget accommodation in Port Vila and this suited. Right by the beach and only a trip bus ride into town. If you would like a bit of five star treatment, just head next door to Breakas and chill out on their beach.

If you are heading here from the airport, DO NOT catch a taxi, it is a waste of $$, it will cost you 3000vatu, where as a bus will cost you 150 vatu per person. The buses in Port Vila are more like shuttles.

From the airport, looking for a van with a 'B' on the license plate (ones with T's are taxis and will cost you a lot more). The bus may take a little longer but you will get to have a little tour before you get to Pango.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank mouse77255115
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Reviewed 10 July 2012

Myself and my girlfriend stayed at Blue Pango for 3 nights in one of their double self contained rooms and thought it was a nice little place.
We arrived at the airport and opted for the easiest option of a taxi which cost 3000V but we were told that you could maybe catch a local bus there for a third of the price or less even. The place itself was easily found on this occasion but with other bus drivers we had over the next few days it was a bit more difficult so it would be advisable to know the address or carry it with you.
The accommodation was nice and comfortable and the fans in the room were effective for keeping you cool of a night. The cooking facilities are also pretty good, you get a double hob top and they have a room full of utensils and cooking equipment for you to use.
There is a swimming pool on site which is handy considering you'd maybe have to walk out quite far to swim in the sea as its quite rocky and there's plenty of grassy area to laze in to make up for the lack of beach.
To get to town from Blue Pango is only 150V per person even though the drivers will most likely try charge you more if you don't know this price already. Alternatively you could walk, we did it the one day and it only took us 30mins max.
If your not too bothered about being out of town and are looking for somewhere cheap then this will do the job.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank fobl11
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Reviewed 8 July 2012

Agreat base to stay in port Villa. Pool and sea right in front of your room. Very frequent and cheap buses all day just up the lane from the motel. Cooker, fridge/freezer and all cooking utensils provided. Great to make a hot drink and meal when you want it. Local shops just at the top of the lane (one on the right and another a little further on the left), where you can buy daily supplies of rice, drinks, biscuits, etc. For more variety the big supermarket is just a short bus ride away 300 vt rtn. Complimentary 24/7 wifi is slow at times but it has been very useful in planning our onward travel. Solomon (the owner) was very good at responding to our needs e.g unblocking the toilet and moving us into another room when he needed more time to fix it. Reliably hot showers. Although a little dated, reasonably good value for money!

Room Tip: All rooms face the pool and sea. Just check toilets and cooker working okay.
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Karen B
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Reviewed 29 June 2012

This hotel is just north of Port Vila, 300Vt by bus..(that's about $4NZ. I liked it because it is right on the beach..all rooms face the sea. it was great value too at 4,000 VT a night..plus they have backpacker rooms for cheaper. it was clean and comfy and self contained.

Room Tip: All rooms are equallyas good.
  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Hilary H
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Additional Information about Blue Pango Motel

Address: Pango Road, Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu
Region: Vanuatu > Efate > Port Vila
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#21 On the Beach Hotel in Port Vila
Price Range: £21 - £28 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Blue Pango Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Blue Pango Motel. Located in Port Vila, 5 minutes from the City centre, but far enough away to enjoy the peace and quiet of Vanuatu. Sat in a tranquil location overlooking the ocean with beach access, We have five triple private rooms, four double private rooms,and two 5 bunk-bed shared dormitories. All rooms have their own kitchen with refrigerator/freezer, gas stove and sink. There are also extra communal cooking facilities complete with cooking utensils provided. All private rooms have their own ensuite with hot shower and flush toilet. The dormitories have a shared shower/toilet. All rooms have fans and windows are protected with mosquito screens and have shutter style wooden vents to let the cool breeze in. There is a cool North Easterly breeze most of the year. Free wifi available. Secluded terrace with outdoor seating. Due to Cyclone Pam our swimming pool is non-operational but will be available from December 2015. ... more   less 
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